NGO donates Uniforms to 103 pupils, train 16 job seekers on tailoring in kogi


 Ladi Memorial Foundation (LMF) a Non-Governmental Organisation ( NGO) has  donated uniforms to indigent  103 pupils of LGEA Primary School, Ileke, Olamaboro Local Government area of Kogi.

Just as the  Chateko Vocational Institute an arm of the foundation  has also trained  16 unemployed youths on garment making and tailoring.  Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the founder of the institute stated that the sixteen indigent youths were trained for six months in the art of garment making adding that everything needed were provided for all the trainees free of charge, including materials, equipment and instructors 

She urged the grandaunts to maximise the moral training and skills they have acquired to better their lives, families, communities, and the society at large. Osikoya, who is also the Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, said the gesture was to empower male and female youths to be self-reliant, thereby reducing the burden of out of school young adults with its attendant consequences.

According to her, the trainees’ final projects include: sowing of uniforms for pupils in the community schools, sowing dresses for adults, male and female children, and their own graduation gown. In his remarks, the Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Foundation, Architect  Olushola Osikoya,  said the Foundation’s vision is to raise generations of impactful, innovative, productive, skilful and talented people.

 He said that the LMF was founded in memory of the founder’s late mother Mrs Ladi, based on her passion and commitment to impact on the welfare of the people.

He said the aim of the foundation is ” To provide technical and vocational training to equip a critical mass of people  irrespective of sex, class, gender and social backgrounds- with practical skills for entrepreneurship and lifelong employability, among others,” he said.

 According to him, a total of 16 trainees of various underprivileged who earned full scholarship for the six months intensive training. He said that the training programme was reviewed to align with the NABTEB curriculum and MNEC policy guideline for Mass literary, adult and non-formal education.

He added that the institute was at the concluding stages of opening a study centre in Lokoja, so as to provide access to urban dwellers. He urged the granduants not to stop learning, stressing that expertise required continuous training and learning.

The foundation offered an academic scholarship award to the best graduating student, Habib Usman, 17 years, and donated sewing machines to five other best graduands.
The traditional ruler of the community, Chief Emmanuel Salifu, the Aidokanya Emonoja and Acting Ochogu of Ogugu, commended the foundation for the gesture, saying it was the first of its kind in the history of the area.

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